Meaning of 'broach' (Webster Dictionary)
- A spit.
- An awl; a bodkin; also, a wooden rod or pin, sharpened at
each end, used by thatchers.
- A tool of steel, generally tapering, and of a polygonal
form, with from four to eight cutting edges, for smoothing or enlarging
holes in metal; sometimes made smooth or without edges, as for
burnishing pivot holes in watches; a reamer. The broach for gun barrels
is commonly square and without taper.
- A straight tool with file teeth, made of steel, to be
pressed through irregular holes in metal that cannot be dressed by
revolving tools; a drift.
- A broad chisel for stonecutting.
- A spire rising from a tower.
- A clasp for fastening a garment. See Brooch.
- A spitlike start, on the head of a young stag.
- The stick from which candle wicks are suspended for
- The pin in a lock which enters the barrel of the key.
- To spit; to pierce as with a spit.
- To tap; to pierce, as a cask, in order to draw the liquor.
Hence: To let out; to shed, as blood.
- To open for the first time, as stores.
- To make public; to utter; to publish first; to put forth;
to introduce as a topic of conversation.
- To cause to begin or break out.
- To shape roughly, as a block of stone, by chiseling with a
- To enlarge or dress (a hole), by using a broach.